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Reacher fighting in Arctic temperatures
le 2 janvier 2012
Jack Reacher was a brilliant MP major until Uncle Sam retired him in a major downsizing campaign. Born on a West Berlin army base, he received his final marching orders on another army base. Since then JR has lived a nomadic life in the US, without livestock or baggage, buying a full set of clothes every 4 days.
This 14th adventure finds him in the ice-cold small town of Bolton, SD. Only John Sandford writing about Minnesota in winter, Martin Cruz Smith in his wintry Soviet/Russian thrillers starring Arkady Renko and Lionel Davidson in his masterpiece "Kolymsky Heights" situated in Siberia, rival LC's horrific account of moving about in South Dakota in extreme winter weather..
On this occasion, Lee Child elevates JR to new heights school-wise, adding more countries to his CV and more feats accomplished on active duty: his secret personal file has 73 separate entries about his efficient execution of duties (in and out of service) and his rare lapses of judgment or overreaction. Otherwise, readers and reviewers love him as the thinking man's action hero: great powers of induction and deduction, physical prowess and "knowing 5 seconds ahead of everyone else what is going on". Simple good manners and his wish to move on also endear him to local law enforcement.
This thriller targets secret buildings from WW II, such as a small brick house in the prairie west of Bolton SD, its contents guarded by a posse of speed-trading bikers on behalf a ruthless crime boss called Plato, from Brazil or Mexico. A truly chilling book with at least three undeserving casualties..But not an open and shut case. Lee Child truly shocked and enraged his fans by ending this tale with a simple sentence: to be continued. [The sequel is called “Worth fighting for” ]